ACHIEVEMENT

i. 2003 - The first balanced fertiliser formulation for oil palm, MPOB F1 was launched. MPOB F1 is a well-balanced compound fertilizer which is crucial for oil palm plantations to produce high yield crop. It is produced through a dry compaction process using high quality raw materials.

ii. 2004 - The fertilizer applicator's variable-rate system for oil palm was introduced. With the development of geographic information system (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), variable-rate technology (VRT) and remote sensing technology (RS), many oil palm plantations in this country have started adopting precision agriculture (PA) or technologies related to it to improve their productivity and profitability.

iii. 2007- MPOB F3, a urea-based fertilizer with zeolite as conditioner was introduced. Mixing zeolite with urea can also enhance phosphorus uptake by plants. The zeolite-PR exchange-induced dissolution system enables better P release in response to plant demand. The fertilizer has a long shelf-life without caking, can be applied manually or by a mechanical spreader.

iv. 2009 - Technique for mechanically forced unidirectional leaning of oil palm on peat was introduced which is able to minimize the effects of palm leaning, improve field operations and increase FFB yield.

v. 2010 - Compound fertilizer MPOB F4 was launched specially formulized for soils with low organic matter.

vi. 2010 - Map of oil palm cultivation on peatland in Malaysia was produced.

vii. 2013 - MPOB F5 Super which utilizes decanter cake (DC) and boiler ash (BA) which are wastes from the palm oil mill was introduced. Recycling them will reduce the cost of palm oil production. Integrating organic and inorganic nutrients as fertilizer can increase the efficiency of nutrient uptake by the crops and enhance the retention of nutrients in the soil in the long-term to improve soil quality.

viii. 2013 - Malaysian Unified Peat Classification Technique was introduced.

ix. 2014 - Launching of compound fertilizer MPOB F4 Premium which derived based on the fertility of Sabah mineral soils. The fertilizer is considered cost-effective and more sustainable because it has inorganic and organic materials derived from oil palm waste, thus can improve soil quality in the long term. The combination of inorganic, organic and Azomite can improve soil fertility and soil structure in the long run.

x. 2015 - Compound fertilizer MPOB F6, which is suitable for all mineral soils was introduced.

xi. 2018 - Web Mapping and Web Application of Oil Palm Resource Information System was established.